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Fantasy Football: Week 5 starts, sits

10.04.13 at 9:13 am ET
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Welcome to the Week 5 starts and sits. As usual, I have tried to avoid the obvious choices. These are players that I like for the this week plus a few that I’€™d rather leave on the pine. If you are looking for more rankings or if you have questions about players not listed here, go to for our full weekly lineup rankings, which I update every Saturday. You can also stop by our Sunday morning chat right here at WEEI when I’€™ll be answering all of your lineup questions. Later today, Jim Hackett and I will doing our weekly podcast sponsored by Mohegan Sun.  You’€™ll be able to find that in our audio on demand section.



Philip Rivers, Chargers at Raiders

He’€™s been very good so far, with only Tennessee slowing him down at all. It’€™s hard to imagine the Raiders holding Rivers down. He makes a solid QB1 in any format in Week 5.

Jay Cutler, Bears vs. Saints

He may have been off in Week 4, but the fantasy numbers were still there. He should be better this week against the Saints. The Bears have enough diversity on offense to cope with New Orleans’€™ attacking defense.

Terrelle Pryor, Raiders vs. Chargers

His concussion symptoms have subsided and he’€™ll be let loose in this game as Oakland tries to keep up with the Chargers. Who wins?  Who knows, but there should be plenty of offense, and Pryor obviously scores points with his feet and his arm.

Sam Bradford, Rams vs. Jaguars

Things have been ugly for Bradford the last few weeks, but this looks like a get-well game to me. Expect better results from Bradford. He’€™s worth a start in most formats if you need him.


Andy Dalton, Bengals vs. Patriots

The Patriots have enough talent to make Dalton work for his numbers. While Dalton is playable this week, I see more risk than usual. There are 17 better quarterbacks in the Rotobahn Week 5 rankings, so you may have a better option.

Carson Palmer, Cardinals vs. Panthers

The Panthers are a formidable defense, but the real problem is the inconsistencies with the Arizona offense, and Palmer is at the heart of those inconsistencies. Other issues include a struggling offensive line and ground game. Finally, don’€™t forget that Larry Fitzgerald is still nursing a tender hamstring and is less than full strength, though he will play. Palmer is a QB3 in my Week 5 rankings.

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Report: Gene Steratore will work as referee for Patriots-Bengals

10.04.13 at 7:15 am ET
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Gene Steratore will work as the referee for Sunday’s Patriots-Bengals game, according to our pals at Football Zebras.

The 50-year-old Steratore, who also works as a Division 1 men’s college basketball referee, has worked as an NFL official since 2003. His last assignment involving the Patriots came on Oct. 7, 2012 when he and his crew worked the Patriots-Broncos game, a 31-21 win for New England. He also served as an official for the 2011 divisional playoff between the Patriots and Denver at Gillette Stadium (a game where New England crushed Tim Tebow and the Broncos, 45-10), as well as the 2009 playoff contest in Foxboro where the Ravens stomped the Patriots, 33-14.

For more on Steratore’s history as an official. check out his page at Pro Football Reference.

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Mike Petraglia, Chris Price preview Patriots-Bengals

10.03.13 at 5:19 pm ET
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Stevan Ridley (knee) DNP while 15 others remain limited Thursday, Vontaze Burfict DNP for Bengals

10.03.13 at 5:08 pm ET
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FOXBORO — Danny Amendola (groin), Rob Gronkowski (back/forearm) and linebacker Jerod Mayo (ankle) were among 15 players limited at practice on Thursday in full pads while Stevan Ridley (knee), Matthew Slater (wrist) were the missing players as the Patriots continued preparations practice for the Bengals this Sunday in Cincinnati. Vince Wilfork went on season-ending injured reserve Thursday after his surgery on Tuesday to repair the Achilles tendon tear on Sunday night in Atlanta. He was removed from the injury report.

Vontaze Burfict (neck), the Bengals’ hard-hitting inside linebacker, joined defensive end Michael Johnson (concussion) and cornerbacks Leon Hall (hamstring) and Dre Kirkpatrick (hamstring) as players not practicing on Thursday.

Here is Thursday’s complete report:

Did Not Practice
RB Stevan Ridley (knee)
ST Matthew Slater (wrist)

Limited Participation
WR Danny Amendola (groin)
DB Kyle Arrington (groin)
RB Brandon Bolden (knee)
CB Marquice Cole (hamsting)
WR Aaron Dobson (neck)
DB Nate Ebner (ankle)
TE Rob Gronkowski (back/forearm)
LB Dont’a Hightower (knee)
LB Jerod Mayo (ankle)
TE Zach Sudfeld (hamstring)
OL Will Svitek (knee)
WR Kenbrell Thompkins (shoulder)
OL Sebastian Vollmer (foot)
RB Leon Washington (thigh)
DB Tavon Wilson (hamstring)

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Patriots put Vince Wilfork on IR, sign Austin Collie and release Zach Sudfeld

10.03.13 at 4:38 pm ET
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The Patriots announced Thursday they have placed defensive lineman Vince Wilfork on Injured Reserve and signed veteran free agent wide receiver Austin Collie. In addition, the Patriots released rookie tight end Zach Sudfeld.

Collie, 27, is a veteran of four NFL seasons with the Indianapolis Colts (2009-12) after originally entering the NFL as a fourth-round draft pick (127th overall) of the Colts out of Brigham Young in 2009. The 6-foot, 204-pounder was signed by the 49ers as an unrestricted free agent on Aug. 2, 2013, but was released by the 49ers on Aug. 31.

Collie has played in 42 NFL games with 16 starts and has registered 173 receptions for 1,845 yards and 16 touchdowns. His best statistical season was as a rookie in 2009 when he caught 60 passes for 676 yards and seven touchdowns. Last season, Collie was limited to just one game for the Colts due to a knee injury.

Sudfeld, 24, originally joined the Patriots as a rookie free agent out of Nevada on May 3. The 6-foot-7, 260-pounder played in three of the first four games of the 2013 season as a reserve tight end and on special teams.

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Stevan Ridley again missing at Patriots practice

10.03.13 at 10:56 am ET
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FOXBORO — Stevan Ridley, Matthew Slater and Vince Wilfork were again the only players missing at Patriots practice Thursday morning, a session that was held in full pads on the practice fields behind Gillette Stadium.

There was a new player in attendance as the team signed free agent wide receiver Austin Collie. The Patriots listed four of their six wide receivers as limited on Thursday.

The absence of Slater and Wilfork was no surprise as Wilfork underwent Achilles surgery on Tuesday and is likely lost for the season, while Slater suffered a wrist injury in the season opener in Buffalo and is expected out another week. Ridley’s knee injury is of concern as the team’s running back depth is tested.

In addition, Danny Amendola and Rob Gronkowski were again present for the start of the workout.

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Report: Patriots sign wide receiver Austin Collie

10.03.13 at 10:55 am ET
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The Patriots have signed Austin Collie, according to ESPN.

The 27-year-old Collie, a 6-foot, 204-pound wide receiver, has played four seasons in the NFL with the Colts. His best year came as a rookie in 2009 when he had 60 catches for 676 yards and seven touchdowns. Over the course of his career, he’s accumulated 163 catches for 1,845 yards and 16 touchdowns. The Brigham Young product has a lengthy injury history — his 2012 season with the Colts ended in Week 3 when he ruptured his right patellar tendon. He’s also struggled with concussions.

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